Roshanara & Ratan Devi (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1915

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Roshanara & Ratan Devi

[between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

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Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 4224-6


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    Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )

    • 05/Jun/2015 16:29:54

    March 17, 1917 "... Alice Coomara. She had been a moderately successful singer working under the stage name Ratan Devi." Aid France's Fine Arts. Roshanara and Ratan Devi in Dances and Songs of India. ... {New York Times on March 17, 1917} Ratan Devi is Dead. Wife of Francis Bitter of M. I. T. Had Been a Singer. (New York Times on July 15, 1958) Ratan Devi Back From Europe. Ratan Devi, who in private life is Mrs. Alice Coomara, arrived yesterday from England on the liner America to give a series of recitals of Hindu songs and poems, after an absence of three years from this country. (New York Times on November 27, 1921) Roshanara Is Dead. Famous Dancer's Body Is Being Brought Here From Asheville, N.C. (New York Times on July 16, 1926)

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    • 05/Jun/2015 17:17:17

    Roshanara see also

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    • 06/Jun/2015 20:02:30

    According to, Ratan Devi was the wife of Ananda Coomaraswamy. "Coomaraswamy then met and married an Englishwoman who performed Indian song under the stage name Ratan Devi. They had two children, a son, Narada, and daughter, Rohini. He moved to the United States in 1917 ... Narada was killed in a plane crash and an already ailing Ratan died shortly thereafter." The German wikipedia entry says that she was Alice Richardson before.

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    • 06/Jun/2015 20:18:27

    See also According to that, they divorced.

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    • 06/Jun/2015 20:22:24

    "Ananda Coomaraswamy and Ratan Devi eventually divorced and in 1928 Ratan Devi, as Alice Richardson, married her second husband, who also had a Ph.D. in mining and metallurgy. He was an American man Francis Bitter."

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    • 06/Jun/2015 20:48:26

    Alice Ethel Coomaraswamy, nee Richardson (1885 - 1958), aka Ratan Devi ("jewelled goddess") according to 'Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley', by Richard Kaczynski, pages 298 - 301 (Crowley ( had a love affair with Ratan Devi and called her the "Monkey Officer".)

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    • 07/Jun/2015 22:28:39

    See Ruth Roland (LOC) for comment on likely occasion.

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    Greg (LOC P&P)

    • 09/Jun/2015 16:36:15

    Thanks for further info, All!